Mandy Lucas (Accredited) Counselling and Outdoor Therapy
Deciding to come to counselling is definitely the first step. It can be a tough decision though! Finding the right therapist for you can feel like a huge challenge. I work both indoors and out! I have a comfortable room in Skipton to use as a base (see photos) and also offer walking therapy which brings a different dimension to the therapy.
Coping with the pressures of our busy lives can feel overwhelming at times and can leave us feeling there is little time or space left for ourselves. It can become increasingly difficult to manage day to day activities and we may begin to feel a loss of control. This could be due to:
- anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder and panic disorder
- depression, lack of motivation
- work stress, redundancy, retirement
- relationship issues, including separation and divorce
- loss or bereavement
- family issues
- past issues that repeatedly return and affect how we feel
You may feel sad, burdened, lacking in energy and out of your depth. This is the time to act and get some support for yourself so that you can continue to do what you need to do. Counselling can help you to look at things differently and to identify what needs to change. It can enable you to make informed choices and regain the balance.
Being in nature can help us to connect with ourselves in a very different way to being in a room. It is more immediate and can highlight themes we may otherwise be unaware of, such as change, life cycles, loss and renewal. Working outdoors might involve walking, exploring an area or sitting in one place. For some people this is a less intense experience which works in their favour.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BTEC Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling gained in 2007 and a BA (Honours) Degree in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Leicester.
In 2018 I completed a Certificate in Environmentally Based Therapy which involved 15 days training in therapeutic work outdoors plus 100 hours online study time.
I have additional training in other models including Transactional Analysis and CBT.
I have worked independently as a counsellor since 2010.
I have twelve years of qualified experience in a variety of settings. These include :
- An NHS Service offering brief therapy for depression, anxiety and other issues
- for Employee Assistance Providers (EAP’s) focusing on work-related issues
- education – working with children and families in schools
- bereavement services
- sexual abuse/violence services
- women's centre
- GP practice - primary care mental health service
- university student/staff counselling service
- independent service for military families
I previously worked in mental health services for ten years, including: working with young people on a rehabilitation ward in a private psychiatric hospital; in residential community support for people with severe and enduring mental health problems and as a mental health advocate for Craven Advocacy.
I offer confidential counselling and work to the guidelines of the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I access counselling supervision in line with BACP guidelines via an external supervisor; your identity will be kept in confidence.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Childhood sexual abuse
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Fifty minute sessions are charged at £48. Concessions may be available.
Please feel free to give me a call and have a chat about your particular needs.
I can offer short or long term work to suit your needs.
Sackville Street is in the centre of Skipton, easily accessible by car or public transport. There is free parking available on side streets nearby and the nearest car park is next to the bus station about two minutes walk away. The train station is a five minute walk.
All e-mail and phone messages are confidential and accessed solely be me.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Flexible availability, daytime and evening - please ring, text or e-mail
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|